UPDATE: Apparently Sony of Japan will still be producing physical games according to some news sources!
Due to various reasons, from expensive memory cards to the lack of AAA titles people wanted to play, the PSVita was somewhat of a failure in the West even though it enjoyed moderate success in Japan. Now, in order to drive another nail in the PSVita’s coffin, Sony has announced that physical games will soon become a thing of the past!
What exactly has Sony told us?
If you really want your new games on cartridge, you’ll have to look over at Nintendo’s offerings now!
In a very recent message to developers, Sony has stated that:
It will stop producing PSVita cartridges by the 31st of March, 2019 which is the end of 2018’s fiscal year.
While cartridges will stop being produced on 31/3/2019, it is also important to mention that Sony will no longer accept new product codes starting from the 29th of June of this year. This means that companies have to give Sony their product code for their new physical games till the above date.
Furthermore, Sony has stated that it will be accepting its last purchase orders on the 15th of February 2019 which means that in 9 months’ time, the last PSVita game cartridges will be ordered from Sony.
This recent development is probably news to nobody’s ears as Sony has already announced that it’ll stop providing free PS+ games for the PSVita/PS3 starting from March 2019. While this news is unfortunate, one must keep in mind that the PSVita has been on its way for the last couple of years so there has probably been little demand for new physical games especially outside of Japan.
What does this mean for me?
First of all, it must be noted that digital titles will still be accepted in the PSN store so this doesn’t mean that new games will stop being released for the console. This, however, does mean that new games will eventually only be available exclusively from the online PSN store.
Without any doubt, this will mostly impact people who still purchase new cartridge games for the PSVita for various reasons such as:
The imminent close-down of online game stores. This is already becoming a reality as the Wii’s online game store will be fully closed down on 31/1/2019 and purchased games may no longer be able for download.
Perhaps Sony wants to get rid of its remaining larger memory cards by forcing titles released in 2019+ to be released in digital form only!
Reluctance to buy a larger Vita memory card. For people who can’t use an SD2Vita adapter due to their console not being hacked, this will be a problem if they don’t want to spend the money on a larger Vita memory card.
Being afraid of losing their games if they’re banned from the online store due to hacking their console.
Wanting to sell them off after they’re done with them while still retaining their PSN account.
In order to mitigate the effects of this imminent discontinuation of cartridges, you can:
Backup your PSVita games to your computer via QCMA so that when the PSN store closes, you’ll still be able to get your digitally purchased games on your console.
Hack your console and buy an SD2Vita so that you’ll have a cheaper way to store any new digital games that you won’t be able to get on cartridge. Obviously, this has the repercussion of occupying your game card slot!
While for some people this is sad news, it’s unlikely to affect anybody too greatly so life will go on and new games will still be released albeit without a physical release.
Hopefully, with Sony’s wavering interest in the PSVita/PSTV, they’ll stop pushing new firmware updates so that the latest FW always has a hack after TheFlow releases his upcoming hack!
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